Community Invited to Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan Meeting on December 18 at Montgomery Planning Headquarters

December 12, 2017

Discussion will focus on transportation and economic conditions of plan area  

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold a community meeting for the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan on Monday, December 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Department’s auditorium. Residents, business owners and other stakeholders are invited to this event to learn more about the plan goals. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

RSVP for the December 18 community meeting.

The community meeting will consist of a presentation on transportation and economic issues in the sector plan area. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of staff and learn more about next steps. The meeting will be streamed live at montgomeryplanning.org/forestglen and will be available on demand.

About the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan

The Planning Department launched the plan in fall 2017 with a study of traffic conditions along the Georgia Avenue corridor from 16th Street in Silver Spring to the Forest Glen Metro Station.

The planning area stretches along the Georgia Avenue corridor to encompass the Montgomery Hills commercial area located between 16th Street and the Capital Beltway.

Previous plans for the area, including the 1996 Forest Glen Sector Plan and 2000 Silver Spring North and West Plan, need to be updated due to recent changes planned for the corridor. The Maryland State Highway Administration has initiated preliminary planning for road improvements along Georgia Avenue between 16th Street and the Capital Beltway, and these upgrades will affect properties on both sides of the road. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has expressed interest in redeveloping its property near the Forest Glen Metrorail station.

Planners presented the scope of work for the plan to the Planning Board on November 2, 2017.

The team will explore ways of improving pedestrian and bicycle access, connectivity and safety within the plan area. Opportunities for redevelopment at strategic locations to provide walkable, neighborhood-serving development will be examined, as well as previous plans and studies of streetscape designs to improve sidewalks, street trees and lighting.

For more information, contact lead planner Melissa Williams at 301-495-4642 or Melissa.Williams@montgomeryplanning.org.